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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Molly Blue Dawn's List of Events for the Week starting Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tibetan Astrology Lecture, Candlelight Peace and Prayer Vigil at The Home of Truth, Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon, Make Your Own Bitters, In Her Name Circle: Awakening the Egyptian Divinity Within, Daniel Handler: An Unfortunate A-List Conversation With Lemony Snicket's Alter Ego, Bay Area Ladyfest, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Macbeth at Fort Point, What Every Girl Should Know, The Shakespeare Bug, Tibetan Medicine Lecture, Under The Influence Of Catalunya, History Mystery Tour on board the USS Hornet, The Green Mary Gala, Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing, AROUSAL and The Lover, Sea Music Festival, Gaia Grid Activation Program 2013, The Persephone Cycle: From The Light To The Dark, Day in the Life 1901, Sausal Creek History and Ecology, Introduction to Beekeeping, CAYA Sprouts at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, CAYA Public Service Day at Alameda County Community Food Bank, Community Seed’s Open Circle, Total Rhythm Chekere Workshop, Bounty of Heart’s Delight, Tibetan Astrology Lecture, East Bay Waltz, Global Drum Circle, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer, The Secrets Of Laughter, San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Much Ado About Sebastopol, Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire, Mount Wanda Walks, Bay Area Seasonal Herb Walk Series: Summer Session, Hacker Sprouts: Ice Cream Science, Comedy Day, The Witch's Garden, A Cup of Tea with Spirit, Vic Valentine’s Cocktail Party
Tibetan Astrology Lecture
with Mr. Monlam Yeshi
Wednesday, September 11, 6:00-8:00PM
Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Avenue, Richmond

“Tibetan astrology has two parts: astronomy and elemental astrology. Astronomy being a part of Shri Kalachakra Tantra, explains the twelve zodiac houses, planets, and the two shadowy planets of Rahu and Ketu.

The Tibetan calendar is lunar based and consists of 360 days in a year. Arising Vowel System is also a part of the astronomy and assigns a different vowel to each of the days of the month, and calculates its effect on individuals and nations. Elemental astrology explains the five elements, the twelve-year cycle, eight trigrams, and nine magic square numbers for casting the horoscopes and so on.

Mr. Monlam Yeshi was born in Gojo in the eastern part (Kham) of Tibet and received all formal schooling in India. He came to India in 1992 and went to Tibetan Homes School in Mussoorie, a hill station in the northern part of India, and graduated as an arts or humanity student in 2003. Soon after he gained admission to the Tibetan Medical and Astrological college as a student in Traditional Tibetan Astrology through a competitive entrance examination with many other candidates.

After five years of rigorous study in the Traditional Tibetan Astro-science with a one year internship, he attained in Traditional Tibetan Astrology and Astronomy, Yeshi was appointed as a full-pledged astrological practitioner in the Astro-department of Men-tsee-khang in 2009 and since then, he has been working in this department. He has cast numerous detailed horoscopes both in English and Tibetan as well as many other astrological calculations like yearly predictions, compatibility charts, astrological calculations for sickness and minor calculations. In addition, he prepared the annual Tibetan Almanac for the year 2018 during the last year of his college.

He has also participated in tours for exhibition and introduction of astrology in many places around northern India and also has given a few brief lectures on Traditional Tibetan Astrology in schools and for elder people as well. He has also done daily predictions in English for a TV channel called Sadhana and daily predictions in Tibetan online on many occasions.”

Thanks to Rabbit for letting me know about this event!

Candlelight Peace and Prayer Vigil at The Home of Truth
Wednesday, September 11, 7:00-8:00PM
The Home of Truth Spiritual Center, in the Sanctuary, 1300 Grand Street, Alameda

“Dear THOT community,

On the 12th anniversary of September 11,2001, the Syria developments, and all that is happening in the World, Rev. Carol and I invite you to join us for a peace and prayer vigil from 7:00-8:00PM. You may drop in, meditate, sit in silence, say a silent prayer, light a candle, and/or receive a personal prayer.

We will have a Peace Circle from 7:30-8:00PM for those who wish to participate in a group prayer circle.

If you cannot attend, please join with us and send Peace Energy around our planet between 7:00-8:00PM.

With Love and Remembrance,  
Rev. Ouida”

Spell Casting with the Light and Dark of the Moon  
with Didi
Wednesday, September 11, 7:30-9:00PM,
and seven more Wednesdays
Serpent's Kiss, 2015 N Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
$25 per workshop
For more information or to register, please call Didi at 831-423-5477

“Spell Casting by the light and dark of the Moon - using the Moon’s energy to enhance your workings. Presented by Didi
Nine workshops designed to enrich your knowledge of how to use the power of the Moon to enhance your spell crafting.

Workshop 4: Waxing Moon
Helping to achieve your personal goals.
What would you personally like to achieve? This workshop is all about helping you identify paths to achieving YOUR goals.

$25 per workshop - cash only please.  Cash payment accepted the night of workshop.”

Make Your Own Bitters
part of Homestead Apothecary’s Herbalist Bartender Series
Thursday, September 12, 6:00-8:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549

“Spice up your life and your cocktails with Bitters! Learn to make your medicine and drink it too. This class is hands on plus you'll go home with recipes to inspire your taste buds and your own bitters formula made in class.”

In Her Name Circle: Awakening the Egyptian Divinity Within
Featuring Dee Kennedy, Mystic High Priestess, initiated into the Taoist Wicca, Celtic and Egyptian Lineages
with Joy Reichard
Thursday, September 12, 7:00-8:30PM
Ann Benner Room, UU San Mateo, 300 E Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, 650-342-5946
$10-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness, bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life.

Her mythology from diverse cultures around the globe illustrates her many representations and rich symbolism offering role models and guidance to modern women and men. Her message is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life.

If you are seeking to learn more about the Divine Feminine, then please join us on the second Friday of each month as devotees of the Goddess gather to celebrate her many manifestations with ritual, movement, myth, song, divination and guided visualization. A $10-$20 donation is appreciated.

This month’s circle: Awakening the Egyptian Divinity Within
with Dee Kennedy, Mystic High Priestess, initiated into the Taoist Wicca, Celtic and Egyptian Lineages

In this 2 hour workshop, High Priestess Dee Kennedy will take you on a guided shamanic journey throughout the Egypt within.

Together we will travel the ancient world of the mystery schools, travel the Nile (our spine) from temple to temple (chakra to chakra)  till we reach the Great Pyramid (our Divine source) and return back from our journey with new insights, deeper connection to our ancient past and new tools on how to connect at any moment to this powerful support system  from the Ancient world.

The journey from temple to temple is superimposed over our chakra system, so as we travel through our imagination, we also travel through our body connecting deeply to its feelings and sensations within each chakra and the vibrations of each Egyptian Deity related.    The integration will leave you feeling magically transformed, balanced and vibrant, and with new ways to connect to this ancient wisdom .

Dee Kennedy is a Mystic High Priestess, initiated into the Taoist Wicca, Celtic and Egyptian Lineages, having trained for over 10 years.  She leads annual Spiritual tours in Egypt since 2006. In addition to her tours, her diverse range of skills and training include Shamanic energy healing, Reiki, Tantric meditation facilitator, and studies in Astral Projection.

She is co-founder and Director of non-profit arts program VAGABOOM!  which provides free arts education to at-risk youth in the Bay Area.  She also is Co-Executive director of their larger organization, Living Dream Arts.   She is an active artist in music and film, is a painter, writer and also has a jewelry line, The Eyes of Eve.   You can watch her videos and read about her various endeavors  on her website.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  please bring a blanket as we will be lying on the floor during the journey process.

Upcoming dates:     
October 10, November 7, December 12”

Daniel Handler: An Unfortunate A-List Conversation With Lemony Snicket's Alter Ego
Thursday, September 12, 7:30PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
“Join the Throckmorton in welcoming author, screenwriter, accordion player and literary gadfly Daniel Handler. He's been called ‘an American Nabokov’ by Dave Eggers, and ‘one of our most dazzling literary conjurers [who] shuffles the deck of contemporary consciousness and desire’ by Michael Chabon. All this is true, but he's also a hilarious human - a well-known wag who would hold his own at Dorothy Parker's table.  

Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, the young adult novel Why We Broke Up, a collaboration with award winning illustrator Maira Kalman which won a Michael J. Printz Honor. Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies and was the basis of a feature film. As Snicket, Handler is also the creator of several picture books, including his latest, The Dark, illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning Jon Klassen.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Handler attended Wesleyan University and returned to his hometown after graduating.  He co-founded the magazine American Chickens! with illustrator Lisa Brown (with whom he soon became smitten), and they moved to New York City, where Handler eventually sold his first novel after working as a book and film critic for several newspapers.  He continued to write, and he and his wife returned to San Francisco, where they now live with their son.

Handler also works extensively in music, serving as the adjunct accordionist for the music group The Magnetic Fields and collaborating with composer Nathaniel Stookey on a piece commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, entitled The Composer Is Dead, which has been performed all over the world and is now a book with CD. Other Snicket titles include the picture book 13 Words (also in collaboration with Kalman), as well as Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography, The Beatrice Letters, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid, and two books for Christmas: The Lump of Coal and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: a Christmas story.  His criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, Chickfactor, and The Believer, where he is writing a regular column exploring the Nobel Prize in Literature titled What The Swedes Read. He has worked as a screenwriter on the adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, as well as the independent films Rick and Kill The Poor. Current projects include a commission from the Royal Shakespeare Company on a stage musical in collaboration with songwriter Stephin Merritt, a fifth novel for adults, and the continuing Snicket series.

Handler will be in conversation with Jane Ganahl, journalist of 30 years and co-founder and artistic director of the Litquake festival.”

Bay Area Ladyfest
Thursday-Sunday, September 12-15,
various Bay Area locations, see website for detailed schedule
all events sliding scale $0-$20

“Ladyfests are annual, non-profit events organised mainly by womyn; they feature bands, musical and political groups, lecturers, spoken word and visual artists, workshops and discussion groups and are organised purely by volunteers. The events are focused mainly on encouraging the talent of womyn and girls, and some workshops are womyn-only, so as to make them feel more comfortable, however, main music events and films/art exhibits are open to everyone.

Ladyfest is also meant to be a place where visitors can discuss and take action on their views on topics such as sexism, equal rights, art, media and others, attend shows by both female and male performers or just have a good time in a space where they feel comfortable to be themselves.

All Ladyfest festivals have in common is their name and philosophy: they are tailored by grassroots volunteer organisers to reflect each unique community with a wide array of arts, music, film, workshops and events. The ideals of antisexism and antihomophobia are addressed throughout the fests and expressed in many ways, ranging from aggressive hardcore music to gentle talks to each other during a workshop.”

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday, September 12-15
Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th Street, San Francisco
see website for schedule and ticket details

“The 14th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival is returning to Brava Theater Center, Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, with a dizzying array of music and sound, featuring Navajo chamber music composer, Raven Chacon and Laetitia Sonami, performing a new work developed with early electronic music pioneer Eliane Radigue.  

The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival is an artist-run organization founded in 1999 by a committee of eight Bay Area electro-acoustic music and sound art practitioners. Its mission is to provide a highly visible public forum for the diverse community of composers and sound artists working with electronic-based technologies in the Bay Area. Designed as an annual multi-day event consisting of concerts, installations and discussions, the primary focus is on independent artists whose innovative aesthetics challenge academic and commercial standards. The Committee’s goals are long-term: to establish the festival as an annual presence in the Bay Area; to foster a greater sense of community among the diverse group of Bay Area sound artists; to stimulate the creation of new electronic sound works; to increase public awareness of new sound-based technologies and their creative applications; to raise the level of discourse surrounding music and sound-art; and to raise the national and international profile of the Bay Area as a center for electronic music and sound art.

Since the first festival in 2000, SFEMF has presented works that span the sonic spectra from ambient to rhythmic and atonal to melodic by participants ranging from new and emerging young artists to respected pioneers of the electronic music field. Each festival features artists working in a variety of modes including: laptop generated sound, processed live acoustic instruments, amplified found objects, projected video, improvisation, and performance art.”

Macbeth at Fort Point
presented by We Players
Thursday-Sunday, September 12-15, 6:00PM
Fort Point, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 999 Marine Drive, San Francisco
Thursday $45, Friday-Sunday $60
playing though October 13

“Macbeth at Fort Point
Co-directed by Ava Roy and John Hadden, Produced by Lauren D. Chavez and Ava Roy

Blood will have blood.

We Players remounts our epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point (first produced in 2008). Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. The Golden Gate bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers – join us for a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco. In collaboration with the National Park Service, We Players will engage the stories embedded in the northernmost tip of San Francisco with performance, visual art, and education programs in fall 2013.

Regular Performances $60
Discounted Thursday Performances $45

Looking for a less expensive ticket? Add your name to our rush tickets announce list.

Prepare yourself for the sound and fury of the elements… Fort Point is a very cold place. Long underwear, down jackets, windbreakers, hats and gloves are recommended.

You will be on your feet throughout the 3 hour event, and navigating narrow passageways, spiraling stone staircases and dark chambers. If you have any mobility disabilities that prevent you from climbing stairs, please call us. If you want to limit your stair climbing, be sure to state so on your registration form.

There are no bathrooms within the Fort. Provisions exist for emergencies, but in the absence of such circumstances, the doors of the Fort will remain sealed for the duration - once we go in, we’re in.

We will offer tea and snacks at a few places to keep you fueled.

We Players does not recommend bringing children less than 12 years old. Parts of the Fort are dark and creepy, it is COLD and DAMP, and there is a good deal of violence in this play. Please be aware of this when deciding whether or not to bring children.

No cameras or recording devices allowed.

No refunds. No exchanges. Please choose your dates carefully.

Questions? Call 415-547-0189 or email reservations@weplayers.org

What Every Girl Should Know
Thursday-Sunday, September 12-15,
Thursday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 7:00PM
playing through October 13
Impact Theatre at La Val's Subterranean, 1834 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Thursdays and Sundays $17 in advance, $20 at the door
Fridays and Saturdays $20 in advance, $25 at the door

“What Every Girl Should Know
Written by Monica Byrne
Directed by Tracy Ward
Choreographed by Erika Chong Shuch

In 1914, four teen girls are thrown together in a New York reformatory. Within the walls of their small room, together they discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the horrifying events that led each to that dormitory room. Developing rituals to connect with an unorthodox patron saint, Anne, Joan, Theresa, and Lucy open up an exciting and dangerous realm in which they take on new identities and exact revenge fantasies - while back in their room, a revelation pushes them toward real-life rebellion.

Since 1996 Impact Theatre has spoken to a new generation of theatregoers and longtime enthusiasts alike who want to see something fresh and fearless on stage. Our audience ranges from students to professionals to seniors, all of whom share a taste for exciting, unpretentious theatre that doesn’t conform to traditional assumptions of what constitutes high culture.

Impact ensures the continued strength of American theatre by
featuring new plays by emerging playwrights
producing vital, contemporary spins on classic drama
engaging new audiences
fostering the development of Bay Area theatremakers

Impact shows compel, provoke, and inspire, at prices everyone can afford.”

The Shakespeare Bug
presented by Killing My Lobster
Thursday-Sunday, September 12-15, 8:00PM,
playing through September 29
Stage Werx, 446 Valencia, San Francisco
previews $15, regular performances $20

“Killing My Lobster Presents: The Shakespeare Bug
In Association with Playground: A New Play by Ken Slattery, award-winning author of Truffaldino Says No

Join us for this world premiere comedic play written by award-winning playwright, Ken Slattery, and directed by award-winning director, M. Graham Smith. (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle winner of Best Original Script, Best Director of Truffaldino Says No)

Something's rotten in the city of San Francisco. A modern-day Hamlet is forced to play out the story of his namesake when his eccentric family contracts a mysterious illness on Opening Night. Thrust into a world where actions are amplified to Shakespearean proportions, Hamlet finds himself caught in a revolving door of tragedy and comedy. He is forced to answer the question: If all the world's a stage, how does he know what role to play?

Thursdays-Sundays, September 6-29
Previews: September 6-8 and 12-13
Opening Night: Saturday, September 14”

Tibetan Medicine Lecture
with Dr. Yeshi Dorjee
Friday, September 13, 6:00-8:00PM
Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Avenue, Richmond

Holistic Approach to Tibetan Medicine and the Role of Diet and Behavior in
Maintaining Good Health

Tibetan medicine is a science, art, and philosophy that provides a holistic approach to health care. It is a science because its principles are enumerated in a systematic and logical framework based upon an understanding of the body and its relationship to the environment. It is an art because it uses diagnostic techniques (pulse and urine examinations and questioning) based on the creativity, insight, subtlety and compassion of the medical practitioner. And, it is a philosophy because it embraces the key Buddhist principles of altruism, karma, and ethics.

Dr. Yeshi Dorjee was born in 1961. He completed his Higher Secondary Education from Central Schools for Tibetans in Dalhousie, India. Thereafter, he joined Tibetan Children's School in Dharamsala as he wanted to pursue further studies.

In 1982, he joined Tibetan Medical and Astrological College in Dharamsala to study Tibetan Medicine, and completed his Tibetan medical studies in 1987. Since 1988, he has served as the Resident Doctor in various Tibetan communities in India providing health consultations and treatments to Tibetan patients as well as Indian and foreign patients.

He received his Medical Degree in 1999 and after undergoing intensive courses and examinations. He has officially as well as unofficially visited several countries to provide health consultations and health talks. He is currently serving as the Resident Doctor at our branch clinic in Mcleod Gunj, Dharamsala, India.”

Thanks to Rabbit for letting me know about this event!

Under The Influence Of Catalunya
Art Reception with Marcy Voyevod
Friday, September 13, 7:00-9:00PM
showing in Julie's Gallery through November 13
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385

“Under The Influence Of Catalunya
Black Cat India Ink, Gouache, watercolor, beeswax on canvas, canvas board, and paper.

Twenty years to the day after her house burned to the ground on October 20, 1991 in the Oakland Hills fire, Marcy traveled alone to Spain and spent a month in solitude, exploring, walking, painting daily and exploring her dark side. The small pieces she painted there became the studies for this series of larger studio paintings. These paintings are influenced by Barcelona and its architecture, the Catalan artist Joan Miro, and the darkness of November in Catalunya.  

Join us for refreshments, socializing, and a thought-provoking activity: 
Collective Collage
During the opening reception, we invite you to explore your dark side through the creativity of a group collage project.  All supplies provided.”

History Mystery Tour
on board the USS Hornet
Friday, September 13, 7:00-10:00PM
USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448
must be age 12+
$35, must book in advance at the website below

“Is the USS Hornet really haunted? Come and see for yourself! Do you dare explore Hornet after hours?

Beat the crowds and receive a special tour of areas onboard Hornet that have not yet been opened to the public or have been reported to host unseen visitors:
Combat Information Center (CIC)
Message Center (Radio Central)
Mess Deck
Sidewinder Missile Assembly Room
Catapult Machinery Room
Sick Bay
Captain and Admiral’s In Port State Rooms
Flight Deck and Island
Focsle and Secondary Con

Upcoming dates:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013 (Halloween)
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013

The three-hour guided tour is 7:00-10:00PM.
Everybody must bring their own flashlight. Hornet does not supply individual lights.
Cameras are welcome, but must have a neck strap.
Tour participants must wear comfortable shoes. Heels and open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Tour participants must be in good physical health as there will be lots of walking and climbing.
Due to safety reasons, children 12 and under are not allowed on History Mystery Tours.
The USS Hornet reserves the right to cancel a tour if less than 8 people sign up. Tours may be rescheduled or a refund will be issued.”

The Green Mary Gala  
A FUNDraising Event for Green Mary
to help her recover from a $28,000 debt due to nonpayment from Bottle Rock Festival
Friday, September 13, 7:00-11:00PM
Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
$15-$20 at the door

“The Bottle-Rock Aftershock Rise-Up!
A benefit for Green Mary

Green Mary needs you now, at a pivotal point in the evolution of this amazing local business,. She just took a serious financial hit from Bottle Rock festival's non-payment for the greening services she provided. It's a great time to show our love and community support!

Confirmed: Music by The Highway Poets, The Atom Waltz Project, Jim and Kathy Ocean, Timothy Dixon, comedy with Swami Beyondananda and More entertainment to come! Sponsors include Heritage Salvage, Go Local, General Organics, Moonlight Brewing, WaccoBB, Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, Daily Acts and many more!!

Tickets available at the door on the day of the fundraiser! Can't make it to the event? You can still be a Green Guardian and support Green Mary  by making a donation online. There you may pitch in whatever you can to help Green Mary continue to the incredible work she does! Every little bit helps!

Green Mary has been a cornerstone of environmentally friendly practices here in Northern California. She and her Green Team have diverted tons and tons of materials from ending up in the landfill through their dedicated eco-minded efforts. Events like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Harmony Festival, Outside Lands and 100s of others would have created mountains of trash had the Green Team not been there. By setting up compost and recycling bins, sorting through event attendees misplaced discards, supplying reusable dishware and other waste-reduction tactics, Green Mary and the Green Team have been truly saving the planet, and we need our Green Angels to keep up the fantastic work they do!

A fun fundraiser, a zero-waste evening of music and community love.”

Magickal Awakenings and Vortex Healing
with Dragonfly and Justin K. Prim
Friday, September 13, 7:30-9:30PM
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 for the group healing
Please register in advance to reserve your spot for this event

“Bring the mysteries of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake into your life. Join Dragonfly, Vortex Healing Divine Energy Healing practitioner and Magical Awakening teacher, and Justin K. Prim, Magical Awakening teacher, for an evening of shared magic and healing.

Together these modern wizards will present an introduction to the current deep healing modalities formed from the lineage of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake followed by a powerful transformational group healing. This is your chance to begin to clear emotional blockages, help relieve stress, and nurture your spirit as you open your heart to the wonder of your life and deepen your spiritual connection by empowering your own magical path.
Justin K. Prim is an energy healer, a shamanic practitioner, and a spiritually focused artist. He recently became a teacher in the Magical Awakening lineage and is excited to share these spiritual gifts with the world!

Dragonfly is a VortexHealing Divine Energy Healing practitioner Class Organizer for Gailynn Carroll in Berkeley CA, a Reiki Master teacher and body energy practitioner for 17 years, and owner of ArunaBliss Body Energy Center in Oakland.”

AROUSAL and The Lover
two plays presented by Virago Theatre
Friday-Sunday, September 13-15,
Friday-Saturday 8:00PM, Sunday 2:00PM
Phoenix Theater Annex, 6th Floor, 414 Mason Street, San Francisco

“AROUSAL, a new play by George Pfirrmann
and The Lover by Harold Pinter

Directed by Chloe Bronzan
Featuring Laura Lundy-Paine and John Steen

She's a Ukrainian prostitute, he's a virgin with Aspergers Syndrome. Could it be their needs are different? This erotic, charming new comedy from Bay Area playwright George Pfirrmann won Best of Fringe at the 2010 SF Fringe Festival.

The Lover
One of Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's most famous and delightful plays, The Lover gives us a sneak-peek into the world of Sarah and Richard, an English married couple with one hell of a sexy secret.

The plays are one-acts performed back-to-back.


Hot Friday Night Chats September 13, 20 and 27
Wine, chocolate and unprotected conversations. Toys available for purchase from Good Vibrations

Saturday, September 28
Closing Night Wine and Cheese Party with the cast and director, hosted by Blacksmith Cellars”

Sea Music Festival
Saturday, September 14, 9:30AM-5:00PM
see website for detailed schedule and list of performers
Hyde Street Pier and onboard the Balclutha and Eureka, San Francisco
Adults $5, Youth 15 and under Free

“This summer we'll celebrate another long-standing maritime tradition with the Sea Music Festival at Hyde Street Pier. Be sure to join us for a day of heartfelt singing and sweet instrumentals from a talented crew of local musicians and nationally-renowned performers. Join us for a day and evening of traditional music from around the world.

From two stages on Hyde Street Pier, and onboard the historic vessels Balclutha and Eureka.

Admission: Hyde Street Pier and Visitor Center, free. Boarding fees for the historic vessels: Adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free. Free with National Park passes. For more Information call 415-447-5000.

Experience traditional songs of the sea with performers Gordon Bok, Shay Black, Liz Carroll, Holdstock and Macleod, Jeff Warner, Dogwatch Nautical Band and many more!”

Gaia Grid Activation Program 2013
Open and Tend SF Bay Area Sacred Portals
a four month series with Marguerite Rigoglioso and Theresa Dintino
Saturday, September 14, 9:45AM-5:00PM,
and four more sessions, October 5, November 9, and December 7
various locations in the Marin County; see below for details
For more information and to register, contact Marguerite Rigoglioso

“Want to ground your sacred work on and with the local land…?
Hunger to learn more about connecting with nature spirits?
Interested in meeting and working with our resident dragon?
Long to elevate the well-being and consciousness of the SF Bay Area?
Ready to become a guardian and server of Gaia?

Now enrolling:
Gaia Grid Activation Program 2013
Open and Tend SF Bay Area Sacred Portals

All genders welcome

Connect with the land
Awaken the portals
Take up your sacred posts
Prepare for the greater activation of the region

Led by Marguerite Rigoglioso and Theresa Dintino
September-December 2013

For committed world servers of all genders who want to learn about opening and tending San Francisco Bay Area geomantic portals to support the evolution of human consciousness, promote the healing of Gaia, and enhance the energetic harmony of our local communities.

Meets one Saturday a month, September-December, out on the land, rain or shine, with monthly evening group calls and private mentoring calls. First session 10:00AM-5:00PM, other three sessions 10:00AM-3:00PM.

Work will take place at the following locations:
Saturday, September 14: Mt. Burdell, Novato 9:45AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 5: Mt. Burdell, Novato, 9:45AM-3:00PM
Saturday, November 9: Ring Mountain, Tiburon, 9:45AM-3:00PM
Saturday, December 7: Daughter Redwood grove in location TBA, 9:45AM-3:00PM

In this program, Marguerite and Theresa offer guidance on how to communicate with Earth forms (e.g., mountains, hills, trees), elemental beings (e.g., fairy/fey realms), and geomantic features (e.g., dragons, ley lines), and how to open and tend portals at local sacred sites so that you may become a sacred server of the land in concert with Gaia and the astral forces.

We will:
Conduct rituals at each site to receive information about what is needed to heal transgressions against Earth and indigenous peoples of the land
Use trees to receive oracular information
Open and maintain the energetic geomantic portals
Strengthen the various energy grids locally and around the planet (including the womb grid, connected to all women)
Amplify and secure communication between portals and the Star Nations

If you choose, you may become a guardian at the sites where we will be working, and/or you may decide to use the tools to tend sacred portals in other locations that call to you.

Ultimately, we are preparing local sacred workers for a Gaia Grid Activation on seven sacred mountains in the San Francisco Bay Area to flash awaken the ancient but now largely dormant communication network among these portals and the Star Realms.

Ability to walk up hill, in some cases for as much as 40 minutes, with no problems
Resilience to weather of all kinds, as we will be outdoors in Marin
A serious desire to be a world server and to step more fully into this role
Some experience participating in ritual
Awareness of, or openness to the idea of, subtle energies

Program Includes:
Four outdoor teaching and ritual sessions to connect with the spirits and features of the land

Four private 45-minute mentoring calls over four months (two with Marguerite; two with Theresa) to support your personal spiritual growth

90-minute group calls between live meetings (four total) for sharing and integration

Marguerite’s Cultivating Yourself as a Priestess webinar OR Developing Shamanic Power as a Man webinar (transferrable with gift certificate if already purchased) to support your private spiritual practice as a sacred person

Marguerite’s Womb Grid Activation Meditation CD (great for gifting if already owned) to support your meditation practice and amplify your role in restoring planetary grids and raising consciousness

Theresa’s books The Strega and the Dreamer and Ode to Minoa in electronic or paperback format to help awaken your own deep memories and offer teachings about medicine women from other times and places.

As A Result Of This Program, You Will:
Possess a stronger relationship with the local land, allowing you to become a grounded world server connected to place
Have locations you can go to for comfort, communion, guidance, stewardship, and service
Know how to work with nature and astral energies so that you may be a guardian and caretaker of portals and the land
Claim your ministry as Priestess or Priest of Gaia, among your other callings (optional at end of program)

For more information and to register, contact Marguerite Rigoglioso, Marguerite@SevenSistersMysterySchool.com

About The Instructors:
Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., is the founding director of Seven Sisters Mystery School and a scholar/practitioner of the ancient Mediterranean mystery traditions. She combines lifelong study of the religious history of the ancient Mediterranean world and beyond with her own spiritual growth work and intuitional skills, which have been developed through years of ceremonial practice as well as intensive study at the Foundation for Spiritual Development in San Rafael.

Marguerite is the author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece and Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity, pioneering volumes that explore women's shamanic abilities in a (r)evolutionary new light. She holds a doctorate in humanities and a master’s in philosophy and religion from CIIS, and a bachelor’s in psychology from Vassar College.

Theresa C. Dintino is an ancestral Strega (Italian wise woman), earth worker, and initiated diviner. For more than 20 years Theresa has studied and practiced an Earth-based spirituality. In 2011, she was initiated as a diviner in a West African tradition. She currently helps others reclaim their personal lineages through her divination work. Theresa is the author of The Strega and the Dreamer, a work of historical fiction based in the true story of her great grandparents, and Ode to Minoa and Stories They Told Me, two novels exploring the life of a snake priestess in Bronze Age Crete.”

The Persephone Cycle: From The Light To The Dark
A day-long event for Women
with Maya Spector
presented by Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts
Saturday, September 14, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

“The story of Persephone and Demeter is the only major Greek myth centering on women’s experience.  Through poetry, storytelling, journal writing, ritual, and conversation, we will consider the relevance of this ancient myth to women today.  As we approach the equinox and the dark half of the year, we can use the myth of Persephone’s annual descent to the underworld to inform and deepen our understanding of our own journeys and life dreams.  It is into the dark earth that we plant seeds of renewal.
Please bring:
a journal or notebook and pen
your own lunch or a lunch to share (to be decided)
a small object that has held meaning for you and that you are ready to part with.

Maya Spector is a storyteller, poet, ritualist, and SoulCollage facilitator.  She has performed at The Great Night of Rumi, The Great Night of Soul Poetry and Rumi’s Caravan in the greater Bay Area.  Maya is the author of a book of poetry, The Persephone Cycle and a firm believer in the power of images, symbols and the oral tradition to nourish both the individual soul and the soul of the world.”

Day in the Life 1901
with the Hyde Street Living History Players
Saturday, September 14, 11:00AM-5:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
included with vessel admission, Adults $5, 15 and under free

“Step into the past as you board our historic ships. Help the sailors on Balclutha raise the staysail in the morning and return for musical fun during the afternoon dogwatch. Learn about life in 1901 from the ferry passengers on Eureka, or join Mrs. Galan on the Ark houseboat for an afternoon tea to discuss issues of the day.

Witness a dramatic re-creation of the 1901 labor strike that shook the San Francisco Waterfront in July. In September, picknickers in period swimsuits frolic on the beach. Don’t miss President McKinley’s visit in May and the Old Time Maritime Christmas celebration in December, with all the ships decorated as they were in 1901.

September 14: Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society: Seagoing libraries, sailor’s literacy program

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website. To contact Hyde Street Living History directly, please email David Hirzel at sfmaritime1901@sbcglobal.net.”

Sausal Creek History and Ecology
with Mark Rauzon  
Saturday, September 14, 12:00-2:00PM
Dimond Recreation Center, 3860 Hanly Road, Oakland
Free, please RSVP to info@WildOakland.org

“Join us as we discover the fascinating urban and natural history of this wild creek right near the heart of Oakland!  We’ll be learning about the upper Sausal Creek watershed before it joins Palo Seco creek in the hills.brand new payday loans online
If you’ve never visited this area, you just have to come!  You’ll be amazed.

We’ll hike from Dimond Park along the areas that have been restored to the redwoods along Monterey Ave near Highway 13. A walk up to the plant nursery may also be included, depending on how people are feeling.

Our walk leader, Mark Rauzon, was a founding board member in 1996 for the Friends of Sausal Creek, the organization responsible for the  restoration of this area, and is also a geography instructor at Laney College.

Parking: There is a large parking lot behind the Dimond Recreation Center.”

Introduction to Beekeeping
with beekind
Saturday, September 14, 12:30-3:30PM
Sebastopol Subud Hall, 234 Hutchins Avenue, Sebastopol
free,  please RSVP

“At beekind, we beelieve that responsible beekeeping starts with educating yourself and others. We hope that offering free and low cost classes, and free year round support via phone, email and in our store, will help people do the best for their bees.”

Come As You Are To the Northern California Renaissance Faire!
Saturday, September 14, 2:00-5:30PM,
Carpool/caravan from the Sacred Well leaves at 12:30PM
Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister
or meet the carpool at The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $10
Discounted tickets available through the website
Two-for-One coupon for Opening Weekend:

“Join CAYA Sprouts for a fun filled afternoon at the Ren Faire

Join us as we watch jousting knights, acrobats, amazing storytellers, and more! Soak in the ambiance, from the robust humor of peasants to the sly insults of the nobility. Try some meat-on-a-stick and wander the marketplace! Come dressed in your best renaissance finery or in your everyday clothes.

NOTE: Blades are allowed, but must be peace-tied at the entrance.
This is an event you won't want to miss!

WHAT TO BRING: Bring sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, and water. This is an outdoor event in a hot area, please plan accordingly.

If have further questions please contact cayacoven@gmail.com

Share the Abundance of the Harvest Season with Come As You Are Coven!

CAYA Public Service Day at Alameda County Community Food Bank
Saturday, September 14, 1:00-4:00PM
Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland
Please RSVP to Molly Blue Dawn at mollmac@gmail.com

CAYA’s Public Service Project for Autumn 2013 will include an afternoon shift helping out at the Alameda County Community Food Bank.  In the spirit of gratitude for and eagerness to share our abundance during the harvest season, we will help to sort and pack donated produce to be distributed to those in need of extra nourishment this year.  Please join us!

If you would like to join our team, please contact me at mollmac@gmail.com.

CAYA is also doing a Virtual Food Drive!

The Alameda County Community Food Bank has has gratefully received CAYA’s donations of canned food gathered and blessed at our Festival of Heart and Harvest.  An even better way to support the Food Bank is through our Virtual Food Drive.  The blessings of Heart and Harvest will also extend to our virtual donations, and will multiply them four-fold!

On the CAYA Virtual Food Drive Page, you can “go shopping” and choose what will be bought with your donation of money, or you can choose any amount you wish to donate.  Through the magic of bulk purchasing, every dollar donated this way transforms into $4 worth of food!

CAYA’s Virtual Food Drive page:

Please share this link on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and anywhere else where magically generous people can be found!

CAYA’s Virtual Food Drive will be running through the end of September, so whenever you have some extra abundance to share this Autumn, please “go shopping” with CAYA and help us to reach our goal of $500 - which will, of course, buy $2,000 worth of food for those in need of extra abundance this season!

Community Seed’s Open Circle
Saturday, September 14, 2:00PM, and the second Saturday of each month
Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
$7-$15 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

“We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Gather at 2:00PM, begin ritual at 2:30PM. The intention of this circle is to provide a regular meeting place for Earth-Spirit, Pagan worship in Santa Cruz. Newcomers are welcome! Let us meet together in sacred trust to create closer spiritual bonds of love and understanding within our community and within our tribes. There is only one love.

Following ritual will be a simple feast, and the opening of circle. (No potluck, except on occasion). After circle has been opened, we invite you to stay to socialize, and perhaps have some tea and snacks.

What to bring?
Yourself, your open heart and mind. We ask for a small sliding scale donation to cover the costs of the hall rental ($7-$15). No one will ever be turned away for lack of money.

This month, Steve and Skot will lead our Monthly circle; Celebrate the changing of the Season with honoring the Vernal Equinox!”

Total Rhythm Chekere Workshop
with Robert Wallace
Saturday, September 14, 3:15-5:15PM
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
$25 in advance, $35 at the door

“In this dynamic, hands-on chekere workshop for all ages and experience levels, students will learn everything they need to play the beaded gourd instrument including hand and body technique, basic notes, and rolls.

Led by Oakland-based percussionist Robert ‘Bobby’ Wallace, the workshop will cover exciting and fundamental rhythms from Cuba, Africa and Brazil. Participants will also learn to play an exciting, original chekere composition created by Robert for this special event. Everyone is welcome to attend, including first timers. Robert will layer more advanced rhythms over the basics, so everyone will have a chance to grow! Students are invited to bring their own chekeres or use the instruments provided. The chekeres are also for sale. Let's create the world's largest chekere gathering!

Robert ‘Bobby’ Wallace has performed and recorded with world music superstars David Rudder (Trinidad), Jovinos Santos Neto, Airto Moreira, Margareth Menezes (Brazil), and Bobi Cespedes (Cuba).  Robert loves teaching and uses movement, warmth and humor to help students master the fundamentals of the Chekere.”

Bounty of Heart’s Delight
Annual Fundraiser for Veggielution Community Farm
Saturday, September 14, 4:30-10:00PM
Veggielution Community Farm, Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 South King Road, San Jose
$100 (tax deductible)

“Join Veggielution for a farm fresh feast of local produce and wine, sourced and prepared by gifted San Jose native Chef Robert Dasalla from Little Chef Counter.  Celebrate the rich tastes of our bountiful harvest while soaking in the sights of the farm and sounds of live music.  Polish off the evening with a decadent dessert and the warm feeling of supporting a healthy, homegrown, San Jose.

Tax-deductible tickets are $100 each.  

About the Chef

Chef Robert Dasalla puts his life-long passion for the culinary arts into fruition though the creation of Little Chef Counter. Chef Dasalla brings with him over 10 years of Culinary experience in many of San Francisco’s top destinations such as Waterbar and Ana Mandara. His charismatic nature is as much of a treat as his culinary delights.

About Little Chef Counter

Little Chef Counter is a micro-bistro which specializes in Californian-French cuisine. With an emphasis on seasonal and fresh ingredients, Little Chef Counter always strives to introduce new and exciting quality menu items.

Veggielution: Cultivating education, community, and social justice through sustainable agriculture.”

Tibetan Astrology Lecture
with Mr. Monlam Yeshi
Saturday, September 14, 6:00-8:00PM
Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Avenue, Richmond

“Tibetan astrology has two parts: astronomy and elemental astrology. Astronomy being a part of Shri Kalachakra Tantra, explains the twelve zodiac houses, planets, and the two shadowy planets of Rahu and Ketu.

The Tibetan calendar is lunar based and consists of 360 days in a year. Arising Vowel System is also a part of the astronomy and assigns a different vowel to each of the days of the month, and calculates its effect on individuals and nations. Elemental astrology explains the five elements, the twelve-year cycle, eight trigrams, and nine magic square numbers for casting the horoscopes and so on.

Mr. Monlam Yeshi was born in Gojo in the eastern part (Kham) of Tibet and received all formal schooling in India. He came to India in 1992 and went to Tibetan Homes School in Mussoorie, a hill station in the northern part of India, and graduated as an arts or humanity student in 2003. Soon after he gained admission to the Tibetan Medical and Astrological college as a student in Traditional Tibetan Astrology through a competitive entrance examination with many other candidates.

After five years of rigorous study in the Traditional Tibetan Astro-science with a one year internship, he attained in Traditional Tibetan Astrology and Astronomy, Yeshi was appointed as a full-fledged astrological practitioner in the Astro-department of Men-tsee-khang in 2009 and since then, he has been working in this department. He has cast numerous detailed horoscopes both in English and Tibetan as well as many other astrological calculations like yearly predictions, compatibility charts, astrological calculations for sickness and minor calculations. In addition, he prepared the annual Tibetan Almanac for the year 2018 during the last year of his college.

He has also participated in tours for exhibition and introduction of astrology in many places around northern India and also has given a few brief lectures on Traditional Tibetan Astrology in schools and for elder people as well. He has also done daily predictions in English for a TV channel called Sadhana and daily predictions in Tibetan online on many occasions.”

Thanks to Rabbit for letting me know about this event!

East Bay Waltz
Saturday, September 14, Lessons: 7:00-9:00PM, Dancing: 9:00PM-Midnight
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley
$12 for lesson and dancing, $8 for dancing only

“East Bay Waltz is a monthly casual social dance featuring mostly waltz and cross-step waltz, with polka, swing, schottische, and latin dances thrown in to mix things up.

Every month, there is a class for beginners and a class for more experienced dancers, from 7:00-9:00PM. Then, there's DJ'd social dancing and fun times from 9-midnight. $12 gets you the lesson and dance, or $8 for just the dance.

Come by yourself, or with a friend, or a crowd. People of all ages are welcome. Dress in jeans and a t-shirt, or dress up all fancy-like if you'd like.”

Thanks to Ivy for letting me know about this event!

Global Drum Circle
with David DiLullo
Saturday, September 14, 7:30PM
East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-988-9800
$20 in advance, $25 on the day
Ages 16+

“Much more than a drum circle... an immersive musical experience to energize the mind, body, and spirit. Marianne Williamson calls David DiLullo’s drum circles ‘the perfect way to get out of your head and into your heart.’ No experience is necessary, and drums are provided. You can also bring your own percussion instrument, or just enjoy the healing vibrations, and guided meditation. Ages 16 and up welcome.”

Geoff Hoyle's Geezer
Saturday, September 14, 8:00PM
Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley

“Join us for one night only of Geoff Hoyle’s hit solo show, Geezer.

From a hysterical riff on life in a nursing home to The Venerable Bede’s meditations on the meaning of life, from delightful reminiscences of his youth in England and young manhood in America to ruminations on aging and mortality, Hoyle brings his irrepressible sense of comedy and trademark physicality, as well as a certain elegiac wistfulness, to this tour-de-force performance about what it is like to grow old.

Geoff Hoyle trained with Marcel Marceau’s teacher, Etienne Decroux, in Paris, developing his unique physical bravura comic style, a combination of the court jester, vaudeville and English music hall. He made his mark in the Bay Area as the Pickle Family Circus’ beloved clown, Mr. Sniff. Later, he created the critically acclaimed Feast of Fools, featuring masked Commedia Dell’Arte characters including the libidinous and elderly Pantalone (Hoyle claims he will no longer need to use a mask for this one,) Il Dottore and the pratt-falling Arleccino. It is a depiction of Everyman striving for dignity in the face of a multitude of struggles, big and small, that is not unlike Hoyle’s own search for meaning in Geezer. His award-winning shows The Convict’s Return (about taking Feast of Fools to Broadway and its mixed reception there,) (Geni(us) and The First Hundred Years (an improbable history of comedy) have been seen in San Francisco, Paris, London, Berlin, Taiwan, New York, England and the former Soviet Union.

Regional theatre appearances include Berkeley and Seattle Repertory Theatres, A.C.T. and La Jolla Playhouse. He was the original Zazu in the Broadway cast of The Lion King and appeared off-Broadway in Bill Irwin’s Mr. Fox and in Tony Kushner’s and Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of the children’s opera Brundibar. His many film appearances include Popeye, during which his son, Dan, was born. Last summer, he performed his fabled three-legged dance in the oldest theatre in Italy, the Teatro della Pergola, built in Florence in 1656. Critics have remarked at the sheer joy Hoyle’s character finds in mastering his extra limb!”

The Secrets Of Laughter
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
with Annie Goglia
Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, 9:30AM-5:30-PM
private home, Rockridge, Oakland, exact address given upon registration
Register by September 14

“Spread the Joy! Become a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader!

Would you like to:
Attract more joy and laughter in your life?
Promote health and well-being through laughter?
Learn skills that will improve your leadership abilities and social life?
Know how to use laughter as a way to improve quality of life for yourself and others?
Spread peace through the magic of laughter?
Start your own laughter club?
Learn how to lead laughter yoga workshops for parties, the elderly, businesses, organizations, schools?
Answer yes to any of these questions? Then this fun and useful workshop is for you!  
Pay (postmarked) by September 14 - check $345 or Paypal $350
Feel free to email or call me with questions.
annie@lifefire.com, Home: 510-655-1433 and Cell 510-282-1279
Looking forward to lots of laughter and fun with you!

Warmly and in shared laughter

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15, 10:00AM-5:00PM
California Avenue and Avenue D, Treasure Island, San Francisco

“Come join us for a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, and fun-filled activities for the whole family at the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the United States. This year, we have over 130 dragon boat teams and 3,500 dragon boat paddlers racing our 500 and 300 meter course.

Dragon boat teams range from novice to competitive skill level. Novice teams represent local Bay Area corporations, public agencies, and non-profit community.

Recreational and competitive teams practice year-round and hail from all over the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. This year's championship race is going to be one of the fiercest battles for victory to date!

In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the Festival features many fun cultural activities: an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, the Dragon Land children's activity pavilion, and a variety of food, arts and crafts, and other vendors.”

Much Ado About Sebastopol
Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15, Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Ives Park, 7400 Willow Street, Sebastopol
Adults $12, Ages 6-14 $7, Under 6 Free
“Join us for Sebastopol's very own Renaissance Faire and support local public schools and programs!

Ives Park in the center of Sebastopol, is transformed into the town of Fenford in 16th century England. The locals are celebrating the apple harvest, and Queen Elizabeth and her extensive court pay a visit to honor these humble citizens.

As a visitor to our Faire, wander around and interact with a myriad of villagers from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving while listening to a wandering minstrel… enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) - when rents are due, wages are paid, and the crops have been gathered and stored for the coming Winter. It's time for the people of the little town of Fenford to relax and enjoy some well-earned recreation, while giving thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Queen Elizabeth has been out hunting with her courtiers, and her Master of Horse, Robert Dudley, The Earl of Leicester has arranged a surprise for her. He intends to lead her back to his manor by way of the celebration. Here she will join the revels of her loving subjects, and be entertained in their lusty, country fashion.”

Casa de Fruta Renaissance Faire
Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15, 10:00AM-6:00PM,
and every weekend through October 13
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152, Gate 6, Hollister (south of Gilroy)
$25 Adults, Children under 12 Free!  Parking $5
Discounted tickets available through the website

The theme for this weekend is Two-For-One
Our first weekend we would like to thank our loyal customers with a special Two-for-One Opening weekend offer.

To take advantage of this amazing deal, you must print the online coupon and redeem it at the box office Saturday, September 14 or Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Coupon can not be combined with any other offer.
This offer is NOT available at the door without the coupon!

This year, there are Celtic rock concerts scheduled for 6:00PM each Saturday evening in the jousting arena!
The band for Saturday, September 14, is Tempest:
“Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 24 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.”

Mount Wanda Walks
Sunday, September 15, 9:00AM
John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

“Be sure to come with a comfortable pair of walking shoes and plenty of water. We recommend hats and sunscreen as well to protect you from the sun. Much of the walk is exposed and as the summer creeps up on us, the weather will get hotter.

The first part of the hike is shaded by California Bay Laurel and various Oak trees, but the trail climbs, the trees thin out and you'll enter an oak grassland. There, the trail gets quite steep, but only for a short time. The advantage of this is spectacular views of the Alhambra Valley at an angle that blocks all development. You'll be able to look back 200 or more years in time.

Dogs are allowed as long as they stay on leash.”

Bay Area Seasonal Herb Walk Series: Summer Session
with Tellur Fenner
Sunday, September 15, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Point Reyes National Seashore - directions to meeting place provided upon registration

“From the mist shrouded sea cliffs to the sun-baked arid expanse of its eastern most regions, the San Francisco Bay area provides us with a chance to view a large variety of botanical specimens all within a relatively small geographical range. Join us as we discover together the diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing within these contrasting yet closely interconnected micro-climates. Historical and modern medicinal applications will be covered along with any edible and/or utilitarian potential. Tips on basic plant identification will be offered, with an emphasis on how to differentiate poisonous look-alike plants from their beneficial counterparts. Plant family characteristics will be discussed as well.

What to bring:
Bag lunch
Appropriate clothing (check the forecast)

All walks will occur RAIN OR SHINE!”

Hacker Sprouts: Ice Cream Science
a three week series
Sunday, September 15, 11:00AM-12:00PM,
and two more Sundays, September 22 and October 6
Mothership HackerMoms, 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley
$20 per class, $55 for three-class series

“Ice Cream Science: 3 Sundays

Let’s have a delicious lesson in applied science. In this hands-on 3-workshop series, kids and adults will make ice cream 3 ways: by hand, by machine and by liquid nitrogen. We’ll learn the science behind the recipes and finish off with ice cream tastings made by us. Though we recommend the whole series for kids to benefit from seeing the varying science behind each method, drop-ins are also welcome.

September 15: Handcranked Ice Cream
September 22: Electric Ice Cream
October 6: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

For kids ages 2.5+ and their ice-cream-loving adults. Everyone will get a chance to help.”

Comedy Day
Sunday, September 15, 12:00-5:00PM
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

“It was 1975, and comedian Jose Simon had a dream. Barbra Streisand did it. A number of rock 'n' roll bands had done it, too. Even the symphony gave it a go. Free outdoor concerts were becoming more commonplace in music. So, why not one featuring comedians? A free outdoor performance in The City that is considered the cradle of civilization for comedy would be a great way for local comedians to say thank you to their fans.

It took a few years and a lot of cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen, but since 1981 more than 600 of the world's funniest comedians have performed free-of-charge for over a half-million people at the original outdoor comedy concert, Comedy Day. It started in the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse (affectionately known as the Band Shell), moved to the Polo Fields in 1987 to accommodate larger crowds and, for the past few years, has found a home in Sharon Meadow.”

Check the website to see if one of your favourite comedians will be there!

The Witch's Garden
with Rabbit
Sunday, September 15, 3:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
The Sacred Well, 536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
$35 per class

“A series of classes for the budding herbalist.  If you have been studying or practicing on your own, or are curious and seeking to deepen your knowledge of how to use herbs magically and for personal healing, this class is for you!

Theme for September 15: Herbs for colds and cold season

As a general rule, please wear clothes that you can get dirty in as we play with the plants and make our potions!”

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
with OwlSnake
Sunday, September 15, 4:00-5:00PM, and the third Sunday of every month
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda, 510-865-2385
suggested donation $5-$10

“Esoterica Shamanic Center invites you to join OwlSnake (Medicine Woman/Shaman Lineage) for...

A Cup of Tea with Spirit
We will sip tea,  and eat tasty treats as we connect and receive messages from Spirit and the Ancestors to guide us in our daily lives. We will Journey, Chant and Listen within, and be Inspired. A relaxing afternoon gift to yourself and others.

Who is OwlSnake?
Born into a long lineage of Medicine Men/Women, Spiritual Healers, Seers, and Shamans, on both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines, she was first called to this sacred path at the age of 4 years old from her Great Aunt. She was chosen to continue the family tradition of Spiritual Medicine work, some would call Shamanism. Through the years she would experience many of life's challenges and growth opportunities that have allowed her to learn and experience firsthand some of the greatest issues that plague this world today. From those experiences, along with her direct connection with Great Spirit, Guides, Angels, and Ancestors, OwlSnake has awakened into being a compassionate healer that is willing to be used as a ‘Hollow Bone’ for Spirit to assist all those that seek healing and inspiration on their journey.”

Vic Valentine’s Cocktail Party
with Will “The Thrill” Viharo
Monday, September 16, 7:00-11:00PM
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda
Free admission

“Book signing and classic film noir on the bar TVs in honor of the original, exclusive ‘Vic Valentine’ tiki cocktail being added to the main menu at Forbidden Island.

Will ‘The Thrill’ Viharo, the Pimp of Pulp, is a freelance writer, B Movie impresario, lounge lizard, and film programmer. For 14 years he hosted and produced the live cult movie cabaret Thrillville. His novel Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me is in development for a feature film by Christian Slater, who will direct and star.”

Have a Peaceful, Knowing Week of Laughter and Delight!

Molly Blue Dawn

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